May. 15th, 2017
What’s Up in the Music Industry
Beyoncé Launches Scholarship for Empowered Women
This week Queen Bee’s website announced a scholarship award for women pursuing studies in the creative arts, including literature, music, and African-American studies. Dubbed the “Formation Scholars” awards, recipients can be either undergraduate or graduate students at one of four institutions: the Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.
While the website didn’t specify the scholarship amount, a Berklee spokesman told NPR “that the scholarship is for $25,000 per school per year.” NPR’s article reports that at each of the universities “the costs of annual tuition, board, supplies and other fees for undergraduates range from approximately $40,000 to $70,000.”
Social Media “Influencers” to be Sued for Fyre Festival Promoted Posts
— Ben Meiselas (@meiselasb) May 1, 2017
According to a recent article by Salon, legal backlash from the failed festival in the Bahamas has already begun. One attendant is suing Fyre Media co-founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarland for $100 million, while a class action lawsuit is being brought against over 100 promoters for the festival.
The suit alleges that endorsers promoted the festival without disclosing their material connection, something required specifically by the FTC. The FTC asserts that “influencers should clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationships to brands when promoting or endorsing products through social media.”
Influencers include models and public figures like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski.
Streaming Has Changed the Format of Music
The Outline posted an article about the changing landscape of music due to the industry’s newest technology: streaming. While radio had previously cemented the 3:30 song length format, digital file sizes have shaped how music is made nowadays. Most songs clock in closer to the three minute mark, and that number could go down as more and more listeners’ attention spans wane.
“Baby Got Back” 25 Years Old This Week
Not many picture Sir Mix-a-Lot when they consider the movement to expand the public’s ideals of beauty—but they should. In an era when super-skinny model Kate Moss was the epitome of beauty, many women felt they’d never be able to live up to the standards.
Mix-a-Lot says of his song:
It was like a blown-out, glorified version of what was actually being said at that time. Basically, pop culture was waif-thin, heroin addict, big hair, fake boobs — you know, that was what they thought beautiful was. And because of the way it was discussed publicly, it made women who had naturally curvy bodies… run around with sweaters wrapped around their waist.
For five weeks in 1992, “Baby Got Back” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and received a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance the following year.
2018 Grammys Return to New York
The first ceremony to be held in the Big Apple since 2003. Madison Square Garden will host the event January 28, 2018.
Obama Presidential Library to Include a Recording Studio
The Jackson Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago will someday hold the former President’s Obama Presidential Center. In that center, architects have started planning a space for some musical creation.
Obama said of the potential additions to the New York Times, “I could invite Chance, or Bruce Springsteen, depending on your tastes, to talk about how you could record music that has social commentary and meaning,” as well as mentioning, “a studio where I can invite Spike Lee and Steven Spielberg to do workshops on how to make films.”
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